We have seen similar actions from Mayor Johnson. His land use board appointments have been politically partisan. He spent several years and thousands of taxpayer dollars to suppress a referendum regarding our city charter. After court decisions made it clear that he could no longer legally do so, he waited until hours before the referendum vote to announce that he would form his own Charter Review Commission. Although I may not have supported charter change, I unequivocally support the right of citizens to have a say in the way they are governed. The mayor has since outlined his desire for his Charter Review Commission to remove powers from other commissioners.
The mayor’s actions demonstrate his intention to unilaterally empower two committees to revise the city’s most important governing documents with no meaningful input from other council members.
I take my obligation to represent the citizens of this city seriously. I consider it my duty to promote a fair and balanced approach to making governmental decisions which, by virtue of involving all of City Council, will ensure meaningful representation and participation of the city’s citizens.
Commissioner of finance, City of Saratoga Springs